Daily Archives: January 16, 2019

With much of the EPA closed, industrial safety and pollution inspections come to a halt

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 16, 2019

Andrew Wheeler, the EPA’s acting head, appeared before a Senate committee for confirmation hearings in his bid to keep the position on a permanent basis. But the government shutdown has brought many of the EPA’s daily operations to a halt, so most safety and pollution inspections are skipped. Judy Woodruff looks at reporting by Coral Davenport of The New York Times and the AP’s Ellen Knickmeyer.

Trump ‘A Clear And Present Danger’: Former DOJ Counterintel Chief | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


Published on Jan 14, 2019

David Laufman, former chief of the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control section, talks with Rachel Maddow about why he’s speaking out about the risk posed by Donald Trump to the national security of the United States.

Alarm Rises As President Trump Behavior Aligns With Putin’s Fondest Wishes | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


Published on Jan 16, 2019

Rachel Maddow looks at mounting evidence of Donald Trump policy inclinations lining up with the wildest anti-American, anti-Western dreams of Vladimir Putin as Donald Trump reportedly tries to obscure his personal interactions with Putin.

Supreme Court declines to hear case about toxic burn pits on military bases overseas

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 16, 2019

The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from veterans who had sued defense contractors over claims that toxic smoke from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan caused them serious health problems. One of the contractors, KBR, countered that waste elimination procedures were directed by the military itself. As Hari Sreenivasan reports, the afflicted soldiers have no remaining legal recourse.

How Trump’s New Attorney General Ended Iran-Contra Investigation

Thom Hartmann Program
Published on Jan 16, 2019

Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General William Barr played a key role in the Iran-Contra Affair, namely suggesting that George H. W. Bush pardon the guilty parties. Did the republicans bring Barr back from political obscurity so he can help another president guilty of treason escape justice again? Is William Barr, Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, the man who suggested to George H.W. Bush that he pardon six people in the Iran-Contra Affair, which ended the Weinberger Trial, do it again with the Mueller investigation? Will William Barr end the Mueller Investigation?

EPA Referrals of Polluters for Prosecution Hit 30-Year Low in 2018

In environmental news, the Associated Press is reporting the Environmental Protection Agency referred just 166 pollution cases for prosecution in 2018, the lowest number in 30 years. The executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the group which released the data, said, “You don’t get closer to the core of EPA’s mission than enforcing the law. We’re reaching levels where the enforcement program is lacking a pulse.”

Jan 15, 2019

World Food Program Cuts Food to Palestinians as Trump Admin Guts Aid

Jan 16, 2019

The World Food Program has cut aid to Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza, citing a critical lack of funds. The WFP said this week more than 25,000 Palestinians will no longer receive aid; a further 165,000 Palestinians will see their food aid slashed by 20 percent. Last year, the Trump administration eliminated more than a half-billion dollars in aid to the Palestinians; aid groups are warning further planned cuts threaten new projects including a playground for Gaza children and new infrastructure to provide clean water to Gaza homes.